Deputy Minister Pahad to Host Zambian Counterpart Davison Mulela
for Bilateral Discussions, Tshwane, South Africa, 3 October 2005
- South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will host his Zambian counterpart
Deputy Minister Davison Mulela for bilateral political and economic discussions
at the Diplomatic Guesthouse in Tshwane today Monday, 3 October 2005.
bilateral discussions between Deputy Ministers Pahad and Mulela comes in the context
of South Africa's commitment to consolidate bilateral political and economic relations
with all African countries especially those within the SADC region.
this regard, President and Mrs Thabo Mbeki attended Zambia's 40th Anniversary
of Independence celebrations in Lusaka in October last year and bilateral discussions
between Foreign Ministers Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Lt Gen Shikapwasha are
scheduled to be held in Tshwane later this month.
In addition, close relations
were forged between both countries during the days of the struggle against apartheid.
Zambia had since independence became a host to many Southern African liberation
movements including South Africa's ruling party the ANC, whose headquarters were
based in Lusaka.
The relations between the two peoples were transformed into
state to state relations with SA's transition to democracy in 1994.
on the agenda for discussions between Deputy Ministers Pahad and Mulela are likely
to include areas of co-operation between both countries formalised through the
Bilateral Agreement between both countries, agreements to be finalised, and progress
made on signed agreements.
Discussions will also look at greater co-operation
between Zambia and South Africa within SADC, the implementation of NEPAD and matters
regarding peace, security and stability within the region and continent including
the SADC organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation and the African
Union's Peace and Security Council and preparations for general elections to be
held in Zambia in 2006.
Deputy Minister Mulela is expected to depart from South
Africa on Tuesday, 4 October 2005.
Economic Bilateral Relations
exports a wide range of products and the main, or traditional exports, are refined
minerals Copper, lead, zinc and cobalt. Other exports, commonly referred to as
Non Traditional copper semi manufactures, gemstones, fresh fruits and vegetables
and timber and wood and wood products.
Trade relations between South
Africa and Zambia
Trade between South Africa and Zambia has increased
substantially since 1993. Both countries are taking advantage of existing bilateral
agreements to foster relations - evident an annual increase of trade and investment
flow between the two countries. Zambia is another substantial importer of South
African goods, accounting for some R5.6-billion in 2003. Zambia imports into South
Africa amounted to R3.4-billion in the same year.
South African investors,
such as Anglo Vaal, Shoprite/Checkers, Truwool, Investec Bank and South African
Breweries, have become major role-players in Zambia.
RSA Exports To
Growth 2005-2004 -36.8%
RSA Imports From Zambia
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
3 October 2005